Niagara Gazette

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May 14, 2013

CALLERI: 'The Great Gatsby' looks at an era through a funhouse lens


Niagara Gazette — Leonardo DiCaprio is very good as Gatsby, as is Joel Edgerton as Tom. His realization that he could lose his wife builds with seething anger and contempt. DiCaprio understands the lonely Gatsby perfectly. He plays the nobody who became the talk of the town with style and heartbreak. The film is available in unnecessary 3D. The glasses darken a beautifully photographed movie. There's an important line of dialogue about Gatsby being the “man in the pink suit.” However, because of the gray 3D glasses, I didn't realize the suit was pink until it was mentioned.

“The Great Gatsby” proves that Luhrmann misunderstood what Jay Gatsby represents. He is not spectacle. He is emptiness.

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at

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